Taipei: Fresh And Aged – December 2014

I know what I want. I dream about it. I daydream about it. The images are vivid and the images are not just images. They are 8K resolution real. They are smell-o-matically aromatic. They are taste-buds-plugged-into-Oculus-Rift-Ten.Point.OH MY HALLUCINATING brain cells aromatically real. Damn those foodstuffs in Taipei. They infect your mind like twenty days before you actually get there. And then when your plane lands … Continue reading Taipei: Fresh And Aged – December 2014

Taipei: Marlin rice noodles

Dihua street. Oldest street in Taipei. Old money. Lots of it. Crouching tiger hidden dragon – meaning you would not know it if you weren’t told about it. Multi-millionaires, billionaires, and multi-billionaires walking amongst their employee hundred-thousand-aires, and the common, pedestrian ten-thousand-aires milling about grocery shopping or Chinese medicine seeking. Old money I am not and old I was not when I was growing up … Continue reading Taipei: Marlin rice noodles

Taipei: Advanced (Sien Jing) Seafood

They must have had an advanced cloaking device or something, because I’ve been hearing about this place from my father for two years and for two years he hasn’t been able to find the place. And it wasn’t for lack of trying either. I’ve witnessed with my own eyes my parents leaving their apartment so that they could try and find the place. More than … Continue reading Taipei: Advanced (Sien Jing) Seafood

Taipei: Addictive Aquatic Development

I love the name of this place; so contrived. In fact, everything about Addictive Aquatic Development seems deliberate and ¬†purpose-driven. Its location, for example, is brilliantly chosen. It’s located behind a commercial fruit marketplace and a commercial vegetable market. It is surrounded by butchers and fishmongers and loads of other traditional open-air meat and produce vendors. It is boxed between a highway and the the … Continue reading Taipei: Addictive Aquatic Development

Taipei: 55 day dry-aged ribeye at Fresh and Aged

Ever since reading about the 240-day dry aged steak at Carnevino in Las Vegas about five years ago, I’ve had countless 5K-resolution-oculus-rift-real dreams where I was almost able to put a piece of that eight-month-dry-aged-ethereal-slab-of-protein inside my mouth. Almost. Every single dream ends with me frustratingly awake realizing that I was no more closer to trying that piece of bovine perfection than when I first … Continue reading Taipei: 55 day dry-aged ribeye at Fresh and Aged

Taipei: Shin Yeh Taiwanese Cuisine

I’ll make it real simple: If you visit only one Taiwanese restaurant in your lifetime, it absolutely has to be Shin Yeh Taiwanese Cuisine. No, it is not regarded as the best restaurant in Taiwan. And no, it does not have a celebrity chef manning its kitchen. Shin Yeh is actually not one single restaurant. It is a chain of (mid-to-up-market) Taiwanese restaurants in Taipei … Continue reading Taipei: Shin Yeh Taiwanese Cuisine

Taipei: Ding Wang Hotpot

Ding Wang has been one of the hottest (in terms of popularity) hot pot restaurants in Taiwan for the past few years. The restaurant originated in Taichung, became extremely popular, and subsequently expanded to the culinary big leagues of Taipei. Because of Ding Wang’s stellar reputation, it took relatively short time for the restaurant to ascend to the upper echelons of Taipei’s hot pot scene. … Continue reading Taipei: Ding Wang Hotpot

Taipei: Better than Tojo’s, at a 43% discount.

Up until now, the most expensive sushi meal that I’ve had (by a longshot) was at Tojo’s. My wife and I ended up paying $700 after tax for an omakase meal with two beers at the sushi bar. Neither me nor my wife thought that the food we had there was anything close to being worth the price we paid. The food was so “not … Continue reading Taipei: Better than Tojo’s, at a 43% discount.